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in this issue 8 visual merchandising window display inspiration from around the world 14 fair trade does Fair Trade fit into today’s fast economy? 20 sustainability Wild Republic makes a promise to the planet 24 profile wholesaler Quality Products 28 tips to reduce retail business waste 32 in focus why being sustainable and ethical is the way forward 40 products the latest sustainable, eco-friendly and ethical products for your store shelves
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ALL THINGS Does Fair Trade fit into today’s fast economy? Import Ants’ Kim Good finds out.
n an economy where everyone is
is supposed to be a shop specialising in cruelty-
looking for the cheapest alternative it
free, fair trade toiletries and make-up’, was one
doesn’t leave much space for quality,
customer’s damning verdict on The Body Shop.
hand crafted items. Nor for skilled
Since being purchased by Natura, which also
artisans and small scale producers and their
owns Aesop, the Body Shop is gradually moving
products that take time to make and are not
back to its ethical beginnings.
mass produced. The amount of competition and the sheer volume of cheap alternatives that have flooded
Traidcraft in the UK was only just saved from closure by a massive downsizing. “As times change, so must we. When new
the world’s markets over the last 30 years have
markets are searching for goods that are ethical,
gradually drowned out Fair Trade.
vegan and organic as well as fair trade, we need
As an accredited Fair Trader I can say that we have lost our voice. We have seen the result of this with the
to be there. We need to address a younger audience,” Robin Roth from Traidcraft says. Can you see a similar theme with Traidcraft and
fracturing of the Fair Trade movement and
The Body Shop’s return to their original ethics?
the push for increased corporatisation of
Consumers still want Fair Trade products, just
some of the wording has changed.
We have seen this with the closure of Oxfam
Organic, ethical, entire life cycle, social
shops in Australia and the downsizing of Ten
business, ethical supply chain, plastic free,
Thousand Villages stores in the US.
corporate transparency, social justice…
Even giant chain store The Body Shop was
But aren’t these just other words for Fair Trade?
having difficulties with large drops in their
The fast economy is slowing.
profits. Starting with ethical foundations and a
There is growing evidence of a pushback
minimum waste policy they gradually moved
by both Millennials and Gen Z as awareness
away from this under the ownership of L’Oreal.
increases of the massive ecological damage
‘A confused shop with a mish-mash of products with no emphasis on the fact that this
that fast fashion and our throw-away economy is having on the planet.
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More and more environmental and consumer groups are impacting attitudes, raising awareness and altering purchasing patterns. With lobbying groups and social media raising awareness, this is influencing demand for change. Both Millennials and Gen Z are pushing for new
These are exactly the buyers of Fair Trade products. According to a recent Nielsen pole, 73 per cent of Millennials have demonstrated a willingness to pay more for products that are sustainable. Social media is playing a huge role as well. It
levels of transparency around ecological footprint
has changed who we are influenced by. More
and the entire lifecycle of all products.
people today now get their news from social
Attitudes are changing
media than mainstream media sources.
Millennials consider social responsibility and
A study from the Pew Research Centre in the US
environmental impacts when considering
found that 88 per cent of 18 to 29 year olds and
78 per cent of 30 to 49 year olds use at least one
Seventy-five per cent of Millennials consider it fairly or very important that brands give back to society instead of just making a profit. 16 giftguideonline.com.au
social media channel. Greta Thunburg has shown Gen Z how their voice can start a movement.
Cultural influences like Marie Kondo are teaching us to ‘love our stuff’. Combined with a strong movement away from conspicuous consumption you have a wave of change happening. In Australia a new study released by HP and Planet Ark has revealed that over 90 per cent of Australians are concerned about the environment and sustainability. So who do these generations trust? Sixty-one per cent of millennials trust a friend’s endorsement the most, followed by their own experience with a brand at 51 per cent and website reviews 48 per cent. Gen Z, having spent their whole life bombarded with media and advertisements, are very savvy at seeing through green wash. They pick up on corporate spin. Transparency and genuine stories are what
All these shifts in attitude create the perfect environment for Fair Trade. These issues that are now being forced
these generations want to renew their trust
on global corporations are the exact same
issues that were the basis for Fair Trade in the
Corporations are now being held responsible.
As brands have sold a more personal story in
The history of Fair Trade was founded on three
an attempt to engage Millennials and Gen Z
basic principles: fair pay for work, equal access to
they have shifted the responsibility from the
markets, and good environmental practices.
consumer to themselves. Nearly 80 per cent of these generations
These three tenants stand even truer today in a world that is demanding change to more
hold companies responsible for their
sustainable practices and as consumers look for
personal expression above mass consumption. December 2019 17
Now is Fair Trade’s time…
That encompasses the lives of their families and
In an era when fast and fashionable collides with
communities, a story that sees all of us as part of a
green and sustainable, Fair Trade is the ethos that people are looking for. The story behind the brand
global community with similar issues. The Fair Trade story takes in the environment. It is
is what consumers want and are willing to pay
often tied with organic practices, with small scale
The story behind Fair Trade brands is a story of
Today more than ever Fair Trade matters,
recycling, of producers making use of the reusable
producer’s stories matter, ethical supply
items and sustainable grown fibres around them.
It’s a story of continuing practices in handmade
Major brands and corporations have spent
manufacturing that have been passed down
billions of dollars selling a story behind their
brand. Their story is created, but the Fair Trade
It is a story about fair wages, without slave or forced labour. It is a story that values the individual, their skills and their endeavours.
story is real. We here at Import Ants are proud to be accredited Fair Traders. The story behind our
Eco Max Brushes is a real story. The wonderful
global movement to reduce plastics. Yes even in
women we work with in Sri Lanka are our ethical
Sri Lanka the effects of plastic pollution are felt and
a movement for change is happening.
The living wage these women receive enables
They laugh that the west is moving back
them to support themselves, their families and
to the practices once used in every village in
their community. The fair trade premiums we pay
Sri Lanka when plastic were not often seen
have just completed a new on site crèche/after
and biodegradable plant fibres where used
school care centre to care for and help educate
Eco Max Brushes are ethical, sustainable and
Our producers are proud of the products they make and how their skills are contributing to the
eco-friendly. They are on trend and in demand. Choosing Fair Trade is choosing the future.
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to the planet
Wild Republic realised that if it wanted to change the way people look at waste and its impact on the environment, it needed to start with changing its own behaviour.
n recent years we have seen an
those looking to shop more eco-consciously this
increased interest towards sustainability
and retailers are conscious of this; many are now focusing on what is in a toy and
where it comes from. Wild Republic has recently launched its
The 100 per cent recyclable plush toy collection is a result of the company’s Promise to the Planet initiative. Launched back in October 2018, Promise to the Planet aims to actively improve Wild
latest sustainable product line, Ecokins. First to
Republic’s production behaviours systematically
market, these products offer an alternative for
and evaluate their impacts on the planet.
The company has taken responsibility for
After transitioning to sustainable fill made from
the impact textile production can have on the
recycled water bottles in 2018, the company
environment and are taking steps to ensure this
challenged itself to develop a long-term
impact is as minimal as possible, making every
sustainability strategy that included all levels of the
effort to lessen the company’s carbon footprint.
supply chain and reduction of single use plastics.
“When we sourced a high-pile, outer fabric
Wild Republic’s managing director, Amanda
made completely from recycled materials, we
Dutton, says the company realised that the first
knew we had a game-changer,” says Vishnu
step to addressing this problem was evaluating its
Chandran, president of K&M International Inc,
own behaviours as a business.
“We knew we could either be part of the
“The cuddly toys are carefully crafted
problem or continue to be an industry leader,
and incredibly soft. Everything from the
continuing to make our Promise to the Planet,”
biodegradable polybag packing down to the soy
ink printed hangtag; we’ve created an absolute environmentally conscious product.” Filled with bead-free recycled bottle fill, along
“Our new release, Ecokins, is our latest effort to be more environmentally-conscious and raise the standard within the industry. That’s why we’re
with embroidered eyes, soy ink, string hang tags
so proud to be the first to market and we hope
and packaged in biodegradable plastic bags,
we continue to inspire others in the industry to
the new release is part of the company’s industry-
leading efforts to find innovative ways to be environmentally focused.
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supply change to see where we could improve
we have seen an increased interest towards
and become more environmentally friendly. Since
sustainability and retailers are conscious of
then, our journey has involved making changes
this; many are now focusing on what is in a toy
across our entire production system. This includes
and where it comes from. The feedback we’ve
switching to a sustainable fill in our core plush
received so far tells us that retailers are happy to
lines, as well as ensuring we are using recycled
finally have a product like this on the market.
and sustainable products within our office and warehouse,” Dutton adds.
“Ecokins are now available for pre-order, which means they will be available in-store at leading
The new Ecokins range is available for purchase
zoos and aquariums, and key retailers in each
from this month. It features 12 of the most popular
state by Christmas. December is very much our
animals, available in two sizes—12 and 8 inches.
high season and we are proud to be the first to
The animals include species such as koalas,
market with such a product for the season.
penguins, African elephants and pandas.
“Often mass markets can plan their Christmas
Currently Wild Republic products are
season so far in advance that unfortunately they
stocked by a variety of retailers across Australia
miss out on new and exciting releases such as
and online, from leading zoos, aquariums
Ecokins. We very much like to be involved with our
and specialty stores, to local post offices,
retailers and they know how to respond to a release
newsagents and pharmacies.
such as this. The demand for Ecokins is there
“We believe that this newest release will be received with a lot of excitement. In recent years
and our customers are ready for it now—it is our responsibility to deliver it,” adds Dutton.
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For Debbie Mills of Quality Products success is all about the right product at the right time at the right price.
ebbie Mills had been
In an increasingly difficult trading climate, Mills
looking for a wholesale
points out that the success of any wholesaling
business to purchase for a while
or distribution relies on the same factors as a
until Quality Products’ initial
product offering as well as its wonderful customer base got her attention. Mills and her husband took it over in 2016 after
“It’s all about the right product at the right time at the right price,” she says. “It is just amplified when you are importing
looking at many within the gift area as well as many
or manufacturing products as the lead times
more industrial import businesses.
and numbers are all larger. Understanding your
logistics supply chain and associated costs and factoring in that we are now a global consumer economy means pricing products accordingly. “To survive in this business financially you need to maintain your own margin and also be able to provide pricing to retailers that allows them to compete in a global internet market.” She adds that when taking over the business their accountant told them that cash flow is king. Paying for product six months before you will be selling it has a huge impact on cash flow. “We struggled getting our heads around how we make that work for the first year and it
“it really is all about the r i g h t p r o d u ct at the right time at the r i g h t p r ic e . ”
products and brands they bring to market are all of high quality and many items come with a lifetime warranty. “We back the quality of our products so that retailers can sell them knowing that their faulty returns will be extremely low. We are often told that our communication and the overall order
ultimately helped us hone both the supply chain process as well as being even more focused about purchasing the right products at the right time.” So what makes Quality Products ranges stand out from the crowd? According to Mills, all the
process are very efficient. “When we first started I had grand ideas for a number of new suppliers that were really different to what we were currently doing. A very wise person who had been in the industry a while told December 2019 25
me to purchase products that fit your existing customer base.” Ultimately product selection comes down to the simple question, ‘would I like to receive this gift myself’? There are always those products that grow on you over time and products that you think you really like when you see them in the showroom and then they arrive and you have the ‘what was I thinking’ moment, Mills adds. Quality Products is moving to a larger warehouse in 2020 so it can bring in larger quantities of its
one. Many of our products are gift boxed so having one open for people to touch and feel also adds to the retail experience.
most popular products. However, the company
“Success for ourselves and our retailers relies
doesn’t have minimum order requirements for its
on us bringing new products to the market that
retailers so that they have the opportunity to try
consumers would be interested in. We try to keep
a new product without committing to stock that
to the garden, outdoor and eco theme where we
might not sell.
can and always look for quality in manufacture.”
“We always suggest that purchasing at least two
The indoor plant and general gardening
of everything so that if someone buys one you
movement continues to gain momentum as is the
have one left to display whilst you reorder another
sustainability and ethical trend.
“We have always been passionate about gardening and sustainability to certainly appreciate being able to provide products that assist people to achieve their own creations. “I think it is just the way of the world that we each have to do our part in terms of a smaller footprint in general. As a business we have always recycled or reused most of the materials that come into our warehouse. We also ensure our suppliers and the whole supply chain are doing their part where they can.” BACK TO CONTENTS
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TO REDUCE RETAIL BUSINESS WASTE With the war on waste ramping up, retailers need to look for ways to be less wasteful.
educing retail business
lessen your business’ impact on the environment
waste follows the same
and lead by example, encouraging other
principals as reducing waste in
businesses and individuals to follow suit.
your own home. Using the three
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Tracey Bailey, founder of Biome Eco Stores, shares her top five tips to reduce retail business waste.
1 Incoming and outgoing packaging The easiest way to reduce retail business waste is to audit your incoming and outgoing waste and look at ways to reduce it or find sustainable alternatives. Ask suppliers to send items in minimal or no packaging. We’ve always requested no or minimal packaging on products sent to us and we’ve found most suppliers are happy to fulfill our requests. Review the outgoing packaging you currently use. Is it sustainable and plastic free? If it’s not, swap those plastic mail bags for recycled paper bags. You can also recycle the boxes you receive from suppliers and reuse them for your customers’ orders instead of using a new box. In store, we ask our customers if they would prefer to carry their products in their hands or put it in the bag they have with them before offering them a paper bag.
2 Recycle everything For the waste that’s difficult to avoid producing, do your best to find a recycling option for it. Printer cartridges, soft plastics, pens and batteries can all be recycled. If you have waste you can’t recycle, try to source a sustainable alternative to avoid producing the waste in the first place. Planet Ark provides a detailed list of recycling options for hard-to-recycle items. December 2019 29
3 Sustainable visual merchandising Visual merchandising is an important element for any bricks-and-mortar store, but even this can be done sustainably. Instead of purchasing new display stands and décor, shop at op-shops for bowls, crates, racks, boxes, benches and cupboards to display and style your products. When creating seasonal displays for campaigns or store windows, opt for displays made from sustainable and recyclable materials. Creative cardboard displays can be eye catching and intriguing to customers and once the campaign is over, the display can be dismantled and reused, or recycled. 30 giftguideonline.com.au
4 Offer a take-back program Providing a take-back program ensures the products you sell are responsibly recycled at the end of its life. It also gives your customers an easy way to recycle their items through your store. You can offer a take-back program on any item you sell that can be recycled, reused or donated. At Biome, we give customers 20 cents off their purchase for every paper bag they give back to us.
5 Go paperless Over 1.5 billion pounds of waste is generated annually from paper receipts in the US alone. Some paper used for receipts is actually thermal paper which is coated with BPA, a chemical considered to be an endocrine disruptor. Save paper and unnecessary waste going to landfill by emailing receipts to customers instead of printing them. Most customers are understanding and are happy to receive digital receipts. It’s also a great way to start a sustainability conversation at the checkout. BACK TO CONTENTS
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Consumers and retailers are embracing conscious consumerism, buying and offering locally made, sustainable and vegan-friendly products.
he same shift in attitude that
Recent research suggests people are more
has led to a backlash against fast
mindful of what they are spending their money on
fashion has flowed on to other retail
and wanting to support local products.
areas as consumers increasingly
Adelaide retailer Dave Strutton believes the
look for high-quality and ecologically produced
sustainable shopping trend will continue during
furniture, homewares and gifts.
the upcoming Christmas spending period.
“There has certainly been a swing towards more conscious spending as people have come to the realisation that they can’t continue to just waste their money and buy things that end up in landfill,” Strutton says. “Consumers are increasingly looking for highquality products, that are sustainably made and that can be used again and again. They want to buy once and buy well. “They’re also asking more questions, such as what country a product was made in. Some people refuse to buy if it’s not Australian made.” Strutton adds one of the most popular items sold at his Howards Storage World Mile End store in the past 12 months has been beeswax food wrapping and is used in the place of single use cling wrap. “Two years ago, hardly anyone was buying this
Making a difference by tackling exploitation in
product and now we have hundreds of packs
supply chains is easy, says Molly Harriss Olson,
flying off the shelf.
CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand.
“Items such as reusable straws, fabric fruit
“Retailers have an opportunity to be leaders in
and vegetable bags and shopping bags made
the move towards sustainable consumption—a
from recycled plastic bottles are all a result of
force of good in the world, by conducting
consumers’ demand for sustainable products.”
themselves in a way that is transparent,
New research from Salmat finds that a third of shoppers are willing to walk away from a purchase
accountable and sustainable in the long term.” The best way to tackle exploitation within the
if they don’t like the brand’s values, making social
supply chain is to rethink your stock acquisition
responsibility more important than ever.
process, she says. December 2019 33
“Stocking products like coffee, chocolate, tea and cotton that carry the Fairtrade mark is a great way for businesses to make a big difference to the lives of farmers, workers and their families as well as the planet. It is also the best way to prevent modern slavery and help people escape poverty.” As well as being an easy fix, ethical conduct is also essential given the passage of new antislavery laws through parliament last year. The changes mean that retailers with a turnover of more than $100 million are now required to report on the risk of modern slavery, forced labour and other rights abuses in their supply chain. “For smaller and medium-sized retailers, although there is no requirement to report, accountability and transparency are regarded as good practice and the way of the future,” says Harriss Olson. Eco and Basics is committed to making people environmentally conscious by motivating
a range of stylish and affordable eco-friendly
others to live more sustainably and reduce
products to replace single use products,”
unnecessary waste, says founder Bianca White,
and customers can experience the peace of mind
Eco and Basics has designed a range of earth
that comes from knowing all products have gone
friendly products that are environmentally friendly
through a rigorous testing regime and meet
for a low waste lifestyle. A one-stop-eco-shop, the
company features an innovative range of bath and
“My vision for Eco & Basics is to inspire other people to live a low waste lifestyle by curating 34 giftguideonline.com.au
kitchen products, food savers, stainless steel pegs and biodegradable keep cups.
For Julia Schaffer it was the lack of alternatives
While Schaffer started by hand crafting all covers
to plastic in the kitchen that made her launch her
herself, today they are made by township women
own eco-friendly business.
in troubled communities on the outskirts of cape
Spaza dish covers are breathable covers for
Town, South Africa. Her unique arrangement with
food that are reusable, machine washable and
them allows these women to be at home to take
will adjust to cover different sizes and shapes
care of and protect their families while still being
able to earn an income.
“As mother nature would have it, fresh is related
The range also includes dry goods bags, bread
to time and plastic can’t stop time by locking in
bags and tea towels all made from sustainably
freshness despite many successful advertising
campaigns,” she explains. “A carrot is fresh when it is pulled from the ground, every day after that it become less fresh. “Being breathable, dish covers eliminate condensation and through the process of
Best known for its SAKitToMe reusable shopping bags, EnviroTrend has added another eco-friendly product to its expanding portfolio, VeggieSAK, which is made from recycled plastic bottles. Sales manager Lisa Lockhart says the reusable
evaporation, allow your food to cool quickly in
veggie bags are a nice flow on product to go with
its reusable shopping bags.
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“That’s really how it came about,” she says. “It is a product that has so much potential as more and more people move away from plastic and are shopping at local markets. It complements our range so well. “All of our products are reusable, foldable and fashionable. So the veggieSAK fits in very well as it is compact, you can wash and reuse the bags and they look bright and colourful hanging off your shopping bags. You can even match the designs of our veggieSAKs and our reusable shopping bags. They look very stylish together.” Lockhart expects the veggie bag to do well in Australia. “The local Australian market is becoming very aware of using sustainable products that are useful in everyday life, products that will help the environment today and into the future. All of our products do this by being able to reuse them for so many years. This is why Australians will love the veggieSAK as well,” she adds. Melbourne bagware brand Crumpler is introducing a new veggie leather collection, adding to the range of sustainable products that are available in the market. The Elemental range has been created ethically using a weather resistant veggie leather made from 100 per cent recycled polyester ecoya fibre, which makes the bags very easy to clean. 36 giftguideonline.com.au
“It has been our main focus to continually
20 to 1,000 years to degrade without human
introduce new fabrics that provide variety with a
intervention, its harmful polymers and toxic
tactile experience in stores, but most importantly
chemicals pose a major concern to the earth’s
are consciously produced,” says Valeria Fioretti,
ecosystem, contributing to oceanic acidification,
head of design at Crumpler.
environmental ‘dead zones’ where living
“The Elemental range is engineered for a sleek look. The smooth fabric—that we ironically call
organisms cease to strive, and greenhouse gas emissions that exceed 60,000 tonnes per year.
‘veggie leather’ for its great eco-friendly features—
Tackling the war on waste in Australia’s fastest
will pass the Crumpler test of time and still remain
growing retail category, eco-friendly and family-
a top pick for effortless style
operated soaping mill, Shampoo with a Purpose,
has created four naturally formulated, vegan and
Crumpler’s eco-friendly Conversion collection is
sulphate-free solid cleansing bars as an effective
made up of seven metric tonnes of polyester scrap
and plastic-free alternative to traditional shampoos
and off-cuts, offering a more conscious carrying
solution for Australians on the go. When it comes to the convenience of plastic, this
Gender neutral and catering to all hair types, colours, moisture levels and thickness, the range
widely used and diverse material isn’t so fantastic.
which includes The O.G., Dry or Damaged,
In Australia alone, 5.3 million consumers—that is,
Colour Treated, and Volume, equates to
27.1 per cent of the population—purchase single
approximately six retail sized bottles of traditional
use plastic bottles on a weekly basis.
shampoo and conditioner per unit in order to
Including FMCG goods such as bottled water
reduce plastic waste and provide customers
and food products, shampoo and conditioner
with a long-lasting, targeted and familiar hair
bottles, body wash, and other non-descript
plastic containers and lids, statistics show that a
Creating a familiar lather that is pH balanced for
mere 36 per cent of plastic bottles are recycled
optimal scalp health, the two-in-one miracle bar
annually; resulting in approximately 373 million
offers a soap-free cleanse and condition using
bottles going to waste and damaging the
local and internationally sourced ingredients such
environment irreversibly. As plastic can take
as Moroccan argan oil, shea butter, coconut oil, December 2019 37
sweet almond oil, sandalwood, seaweed extract,
milling, commercial soap machinery, Shampoo
ginseng, sage, lilly pilly, jojoba, avocado and
with a Purpose is revolutionising the traditional
vitamin-rich, kakadu plum.
and natural haircare industries by offering
“As the health of our environment continues to
customers a consistent formulation and product
alarm Australians of all generations, it is important
experience that is free from harsh chemicals,
we make changes—even in the bathroom—to
plastics and animal by-products.
combat the use and waste of plastic bottles,” says
The latest eco-flask range from Made by Fressko
Geneva Valek, product developer for Shampoo
makes it easy to live a healthy and conscious life.
with a Purpose.
Launched in 2014 by friends Lucas and Sean,
Multipurpose and travel-friendly, each bar in
their vision was simple—to create a range of
the range can also substitute as a rinse-out hair
beautifully designed products that were versatile
treatment when used in excess of 10+ minutes and
and reusable, to help play their part in eliminating
can additionally be used on the body as an all-
the need for single use bottles and throw away
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“Fressko flasks are built to stand the test of time,” says Sean. “We’ve focused on creating an earth
friendly product that looks beautiful, versatile
difference when they compare a Fressko flask to
and importantly, highly durable—a unique point
one of our cheaper imitators,” adds Sean.
of difference that enables us to provide the
The current product range includes the new
best for our customers and stand up against our
Café collection, designed specifically for coffee
competitors in this busy market.”
drinkers, as well as the Colour collection flasks
The Melbourne-based company’s philosophy is
and Original Bamboo & Glass series flasks,
simple—be kind to mother earth, to others, and
which can be used for smoothies, coffee, juices
to yourself. The Fressko method of production
as well as tea and infused water.
is a 12-step process that ensures unparalleled
Not only is ethical conduct increasingly
quality, in every product, every time, according to
essential, but it’s good for business, with
new research revealing that 34 per cent of
Based in China, the Made by Fressko
Australian shoppers are willing to pay more for
manufacturers have been carefully chosen based on their use of the most advanced technology and machinery, and commitment to an ethical workplace, ensuring absolute alignment with the Fressko DNA.
environmentally friendly products. Fact is, ethical conduct is increasingly a valuable asset for retailers, says Harriss Olson. “For retailers to retain their social license to operate, it’s now expected that all organisations
“Our manufacturers also work very closely alongside our tight knit team in Australia to ensure every bottle is perfect and just as we designed it. “Our testing process is rigorous at every stage of
take sustainability and their environmental impact seriously. “Sustainability is helping retailers’ bottom line and in ensuring success across the triple
production and is higher than industry standard.
bottom line—people, planet and profit. You can
Through multiple tests and quality assurance
bet that the companies that make sustainability
procedures, we make sure they are only ever
a priority will still be around in 30 years,
made from the thickest A-grade borosilicate glass
compared to the ones who collapsed because
and food grade 304 18/8 stainless steel.
they didn’t address issues, like slavery, in their
“We know that our customers can tell the
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The latest sustainable, ecofriendly and ethical products for your store shelves
1. Davis & Waddell reusable beeswax wraps, wholesale from $4.52 to $15.89. Albi, 03 9474 1300, email@example.com, www.albi.com.au, www.instagram.com/albiaustralia 2. 100% recycled cutlery collection, prices available on request. Cutlery Carriage, 0408 575 553, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cutlerycarriage.com, www.facebook.com/CutleryCarriage, www.instagram.com/cutlerycarriage 3. William Morris ‘Thief’ 500ml hot/cold vacuum flask, wholesales for $29.95. Ibubambu, 0488 726 010, email@example.com, www.ibubambu.com.au, www.facebook.com/ibubambu, www.instagram.com/ibubambu 4. Eco Max Pamper Packs, wholesale prices start at $1.95. Import Ants, 02 9516 1496, firstname.lastname@example.org, importants.com.au/, www.facebook.com/ImportAntsFairTrade/, www.instagram.com/import.ants 40 giftguideonline.com.au
1. Davis & Waddell EcoPocket sandwich wraps, wholesale from $4.52 to $9.07. Albi, 03 9474 1300, email@example.com, www.albi.com.au, www.instagram.com/albiaustralia 2. Gumleaf Essentials aromatherapy pulse point rollers, wholesale for $9.05 each. Buckley & Phillips Aromatics, 03 9735 3755, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.buckleyandphillips.com, www.facebook.com/BuckleyAndPhillips, www.instagram.com/buckleyandphillips 3. Relaxing bath salts, wholesales for $15.12. Aromababy Natural Skincare, 03 9464 0888, email@example.com, www.aromababy.com, www.facebook.com/AromababyOrganicBabySkincare, www.instagram.com/Aromababyofficial 4. Hydrating face oil, retails for $58. Signature Dandelion, 0456 727 110, signaturedandelion.com.au, www.facebook.com/signaturedandelion, www.instagram.com/signaturedandelion 5. Ecokins plush range, wholesales from $8 to $12. Wild Republic, 07 3265 5288, customerservice@ wildrepublic.com.au, www.wildrepublic.com.au/, www.facebook.com/WildRepublicAustralasia/, www.instagram.com/wild_republic_australasia/ December 2019â€ƒ 41
1. Davis & Waddell reusable produce bags, set of 6 wholesales for $9.07. Albi, 03 9474 1300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.albi.com.au, www.instagram.com/albiaustralia 2. Ecoffee Cup ‘Porthcurno’ 14oz/400ml, wholesales for $12.45. Ibubambu, 0488 726 010, email@example.com, www.ibubambu.com.au, www.facebook.com/ibubambu, www.instagram.com/ibubambu 3. Eco Max Premium Dish Brush, wholesales for $8.50. Import Ants, 02 9516 1496, firstname.lastname@example.org, importants.com.au/, www.facebook.com/ ImportAntsFairTrade/, www.instagram.com/import.ants 4.Barrier balm, wholesales from $9.67 and $21.18. Aromababy Natural Skincare, 03 9464 0888, email@example.com, www.aromababy.com, www.facebook.com/AromababyOrganicBabySkincare, www.instagram. com/Aromababyofficial 5. Burgon & Ball indoor watering can, prices available on request. Quality Products, 02 9999 0684, firstname.lastname@example.org, qualityproducts.com.au, www.facebook.com/QualityProductsDirect, www.instagram.com/qualityproductsau/ 42 giftguideonline.com.au
1. Davis & Waddell EcoPocket silicone pouch, wholesales from $4.52 to $13.61. Albi, 03 9474 1300, email@example.com, www.albi.com.au, www.instagram.com/albiaustralia 2. Davis & Waddell Sala insulated shopping trolley bag, wholesales for $11.34. Albi, 03 9474 1300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.albi.com.au, www.instagram.com/albiaustralia 3. Exfoliating body scrub, wholesales for $15.12. Aromababy Natural Skincare, 03 9464 0888, email@example.com, www.aromababy.com, www.facebook.com/AromababyOrganicBabySkincare, www.instagram.com/Aromababyofficial 4. Beehave! beeswax food wraps, set of 3 wholesales for $14.95. Ibubambu, 0488 726 010, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ibubambu.com.au, www.facebook.com/ibubambu, www.instagram.com/ibubambu 5. Reusable shopping bags, prices available on request. Lisa Pollock, 07 5576 2369, email@example.com, www.lisapollock.com.au, facebook.com/ LisaPollock.ArtFromTheHeart, instagram.com/lisapollockartist December 2019â€ƒ 43
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Published on Dec 12, 2019
Giftguide magazine is an award-winning bi-annual publication that is regarded by retailers as the ‘Bible’ of the gift and homewares industry...